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Report: Bowe Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion, Unlikely To Serve Time In Prison

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Reports indicate that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is likely to be charged with desertion for leaving his post in 2009, but he’s unlikely to serve time in prison.

Senate Republicans May Eliminate Filibuster For Supreme Court Nominees

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For some reason, Republicans want to change filibuster rules even though it’s unclear that they’ll still hold the Senate after 2016.

Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely Against Darren Wilson In Michael Brown Shooting

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

Not surprisingly, the Federal investigation of the Michael Brown shooting is ending much like the state investigation did.

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

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The two decade long argument over same-sex marriage appears headed for its final legal showdown.

Joe Paterno’s Wins Restored

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A victory for evil.

Virginia Legislator Wins Special Election Despite Being In Jail

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A former Democratic state legislator in Virginia was re-elected last night despite the fact that he’s in jail.

Petraeus Committed Felonies, FBI Finds

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David Petraeus provided highly classified secrets to his mistress. Will he be charged?

Charlie Hebdo Suspects Dead After Dual Standoffs

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The men responsible for the Charlie Hebdo massacre are dead, but the problems for France, and the rest of Europe, may just be at the beginning.

Cleveland Police Let 12 Year Old Tamir Rice Lay Dying After Unprovoked Shooting

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New details in the shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice raise more questions.

FEC Sues Christine O’Donnell Over Campaign Irregularities

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Christine O’Donnell has largely been out of the news since losing the 2010 Delaware Senate race to Senator Chris Coons, but the Federal Election Commission didn’t forget about her: Once upon a time there was a candidate for U.S. Senate who told voters she wasn’t a witch. But her story doesn’t end there. Christine O’Donnell, […]

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

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Some will say two years isn’t long enough, but under the circumstances it seems appropriate.

John Hinckley Jr. Will Not Be Charged In Death Of James Brady

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An entirely unsurprising decision from Federal Prosecutors in Washington, D.C.

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

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A Federal Judge has dismissed the first lawsuit filed against President Obama’s immigration “executive action.”

Congressman Michael Grimm To Resign

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A week after pleading guilty, and just shy of two months of being re-elected despite facing a 20 count indictment, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm will be resigning Congress: WASHINGTON — Michael G. Grimm, the Republican Party’s lone congressional representative in New York City, announced late Monday night that he would resign effective Jan. 5, […]

Supreme Court To Consider Whether To Accept 6th Circuit Marriage Appeals On January 9th

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Shortly after the new year, we could know whether or not the Supreme Court will issue a definitive ruling on same-sex marriage by the end of June.

Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

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Some eight months after being indicted, Michael Grimm, the only Republican representing a Congressional District inside New York City, has plead guilty to a single count of tax evasion, raising questions about how he can continue in office: A former Marine and agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who first ran for office as […]

Army Investigation Of Bowe Berghdahl Referred To Top General

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The Army’s investigation of the disappearance five years ago of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been referred to a top General, who will decide if a court martial should be convened.

Only One Person Has ‘Blood On His Hands’ In The Deaths Of Officers Ramos And Liu, And He’s Already Dead

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NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot dead while sitting in their patrol car In Brooklyn. And those suggesting that anyone other than the killer has “blood on their hands” are being absurd.

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

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More interesting developments from the Supreme Court on what has been one of the biggest legal stories of 2014.

F.C.C. Rejects Petition To Declare ‘Redskins’ An Obscene Word

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Not surprisingly, the F.C.C. has rejected a petition to ban the word “Redskins” from the airwaves.

Oklahoma And Nebraska Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

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Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado over the Centennial State’s decision to legalize marijuana, but they don’t seem to have much of a case.

Federal Judge Kind Of, Sort Of Finds Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional In Poorly Reasoned Decision

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A Federal Judge has issued a ruling that sort of says that President Obama’s Immigration action is unconstitutional. Except it’s poorly reasoned, and apparently not legally binding on anyone.

Sandy Hook Shooting Families File Legally Dubious Lawsuit Against AR-15 Manufacturer

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The families of many of the Sandy Hook victims are seeking to have the manufacturer of the AR-15 held legally responsible for what happened. While understandable, their lawsuit is misplaced and largely without legal merit.

Supreme Court: Police Can Make ‘Reasonable’ Mistakes Of Law In Executing A Traffic Stop

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The Supreme Court says that police who have a “reasonable” misunderstanding of the law can still pull you over.

The Amorality Of Dick Cheney And The Right In Response To The Truth About C.I.A. Torture

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Vice-President Cheney’s amoral defense of torture has come to define how most conservatives view the issue, and that’s a problem.

Sony Seeks To Scare Press Away From Publishing Information Obtained in Hacking Attack

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Sony is warning the press not to publish material leaked by hackers, but it doesn’t have much of a legal leg to stand on.

Hostage Crisis In Sydney, Australia Cafe Apparently Linked To Terrorism

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A hostage crisis has been unfolding overnight at a cafe in Sydney, Australia that has apparent links to international terrorism.

Justice Department Won’t Force One Reporter To Testify, Faces A Choice On Another

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The Justice Department won’t force James Risen to testify in a legal investigation, but faces a new choice in a different case.

Arbitrator Upholds Adrian Peterson Suspension

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Unlike Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson has lost his bid to have his suspension overturned.

Republicans Seek To Use Budget To Block D.C. Marijuana Legalization

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The budget bill Congress set to pass Congress would effectively reverse the will of the voters of Washington, D.C., who just voted to legalize marijuana.

Columbia Law School To Let Students Postpone Exams Due To “Trauma” Over Ferguson, Garner

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Apparently, law schools are in the business of coddling their special snowflake children now.

Torture Report’s Long Shadow

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What now?

Bill Cosby vs. Ben Roethlisberger

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Chris Rock wants us to remember that Bill Cosby isn’t the only celebrity accused of rape.

Supreme Court: Amazon Employees Don’t Have To Be Paid To Wait In Line To Leave Work

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The Court holds that Federal Law does not require employees to be paid for the time waiting to get through mandatory security screening.

Independent Prosecutors For Police Misconduct Cases Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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Many have suggested that prosecution of cases involving police misconduct should be handled by prosecutors who don’t work with local police departments on a regular basis. They’re right.

Law (and Law Enforcement) Need not Lead to Violence

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Despite some of the commentary on threads from recent posts, the presence of the law does not mean that force is around the corner (or that law enforcement officers have no choice but resort to violence in the face of malefactors). Via AL.com: Police officer buys eggs for woman caught shoplifting to feed her family […]

Supreme Court To Decide If State Can Deny License Plate With Confederate Flag Design

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The Supreme Court is set to decide if the state can deny a license plate with the Confederate flag design because it is “offensive.”

On Resisting Arrest

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Several of my recent posts have been on the question of whether a specific law can be said to be to blame for outcomes like the Eric Garner situation or whether it is about the enforcement of those laws (and the behavior of the police). To add some numbers to that debate we have the […]

11th Circuit Strikes Down Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients

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For the fourth time in three years, a Federal Court has ruled that Florida’s law requiring drug tests for welfare recipients is unconstitutional.

What Happens To The GOP If (When) SCOTUS Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide?

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How will Republicans react if, as many expect, the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage across the nation?

On “Black-on-Black” Crime

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Yet another example of the need for context when discussing stats.

Poll Find Wide Racial Divisions Over Confidence In Law Enforcement And The Justice System

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Not surprisingly a new poll finds that African-Americans perceive the American justice system far differently than whites.

On “Broken Windows” Policing

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Worth a read from Slate:  Broken Windows Policing Doesn’t Work.

Mississippi 1964? No, Missouri 2014

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But, hey, don’t worry, there’s nothing racial going on here. Nothing at all.

A Quick Observation on the “Too Many Laws” Argument (as Linked to Garner)

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While I need to formulate (and am working on it, in fact) more well developed response to the discussion of the role played by the law on cigarettes in the death of Eric Garner, I do have a simple response I want to note (it is a thought that has occurred to me more than […]

Rolling Stone Walks Back Key Allegations Of Campus Rape Expose

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An utter journalistic failure from Rolling Stone.

The Eric Garner Case Is About Excessive Force And Unequal Justice, Not Cigarette Taxes

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While conservatives have been generally as appalled as others with the news out of Staten Island, some of them are looking in the wrong place for blame.

Texas, 16 Other States, File Lawsuit Over Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

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Texas has joined with 16 other states in a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the President’s executive action on immigration. At first glance, it doesn’t appear to have much legal merit.

Blue Trumps Black and White

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A former RNC chair says a black man’s life isn’t worth a ham sandwich.

Staten Island Grand Jury Refuses To Indict NYPD Officer In Chokehold Death

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A New York City Grand Jury refuses to indict a cop who appears from all available evidence to choked a guy to death for no good reason.

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